Translated from RIA Novosti:
Around 1.2 thousand cars burned in the New Year's Eve in France, where the mass burning cars in the national holidays are kind of tradition among residents of disadvantaged suburbs, reports AFP referring to the Minister of Interior Manuel Valls .
According to him, clashes between police and offenders in the New Year's Eve took place in a district of the city of Strasbourg and Mulhouse. Total for the night hit seven police officers.
In recent years, the celebration of the New Year and the Bastille Day (July 14) in France is often marked by mass burning cars. On the night of January 1, 2010, there were 1.137 thousand cars burned on the night of January 1, 2009 - 1.147 thousand.
In the summer of 2010, he was Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said his decision to stop the practice of public counting of the demonstrators, as this only encourages competition between the warring factions. The current Minister of the Interior said that "the French people should know the truth.
About Strasbourg and Mulhouse:
It is estimated 120,000 Muslims live in the Alsace area, which forms the Eastern Border with Germany. The largest Muslim communities are found in Mulhouse and Strasbourg. In Mulhouse, one person in four is from an Islamic background. One in five among the immigrants are Turkic. The Muslim community in Alsace is well organised. Their formerly improvised mosques are giving way to well built Islamic centres. A significant number of fundamentalists are making their impact on the Muslim community.